August 25, 2013 30 Sept | Preston Scott Cohen: “Successive Typologies”


The event will take place on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. To receive continuing education credit, participants may attend the lecture or view below.

You can participate in the Q&A following the lecture by submitting questions through Twitter using the hashtag #ChurchLecture. A member of our audience will ask your question to the lecturer.


Preston Scott Cohen’s lecture titled, “Successive Typologies” explores what new reality means for architecture. With this notion he looks at the theme of vertical succession which is a quality, big or small, all buildings possess. He argues that vertical succession is the primary drive for how we use architectural medium and speculates if we can imagine a future with a new succession.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Understand that architecture mediums are changing, but not its process
  • Experience precedents explaining the notion of vertical succession and why we design that way
  • Understand the need to look at horizontal succession, as how the building meets the ground
  • Imagine an architecture that has not been created yet, and what that would look like


Lecturer Bio:

Preston Scott Cohen is the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) and is the principal of Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. in Cambridge, MA.  His work exemplifies a highly disciplined synthesis of architectural typologies and geometry.

Recent projects completed or under construction include the Taiyuan Museum of Art, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building, Datong City Library, the Keystone School Auditorium in Beijing, the Nanjing Performing Arts Center, the Fahmy Residence in Los Gatos, California, and the Goldman Sachs Arcade Canopy in New York.

Awards include the Time and Leisure Best Museum of the Year and the Design Review Award for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, five Progressive Architecture Awards, and an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Cohen is the author of Contested Symmetries, the forthcoming Lightfall, The Return of Nature co-edited with Erika Naginski and numerous theoretical essays.

Cohen’s work has been widely published and exhibited internationally and is the subject of numerous theoretical assessments by renowned critics and historians including Michael Kimmelman, Antoine Picon, Sylvia Lavin, Michael Hays, Terry Riley, Daniel Sherer, Robert Levit, and Rafael Moneo.

Relevant Works:

ArchDaily: Works of Preston Scott Cohen

Suggested Reading:

Students are encouraged to read the “Lecture Series Readings” provided through the “Academics” server. All college faculty, students, and staff have access to this folder.


As provided by and credited to Preston Scott Cohen, Inc:

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